We just got back from 4 nights in this hotel. For a city hotel this is an excellent choice. The rooms are clean with a microwave, fridge and facilities to make coffee. Every day you will get a bottle of water, 30 minutes internet and they also have bikes, all free of charge (2 hours max but that is enough to cycle around Stanley Park for example). You can walk to the center but there are several busses around the corner in case you want to go a bit further away. The direct area is not that pleasant after 5 pm indeed but it didn't disturb us. Simply don't pay any attention to it and walk on. Nothing will happen then. I certainly would book this hotel again.